Center Table, about 1825–30
Mahogany, with marble
30 15/16 in. high x 39 15/16 in. diameter
EXHIBITED: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 2014–15, Very Rich & Handsome, p. 43 illus. in color, cat. 16
This center table is characteristic of Boston production in the period 1825–30. Reliant upon beautifully figured mahogany veneers, the tables speak quietly of the wealthy but conservative patronage of Boston.
The three S-shaped supports are finely drawn with mellifluous curves, and are nicely detailed with beaded edges, both inside and out.
Although the design of the table recalls and English aesthetic of the 1820s, the “lotus” flower that emanates from the top of the scrolls was one of the most familiar decorative devices within the Boston canon. The table is thus unmistakably a product of one of the fine cabinetmaking shop in the city in the post-Vose period from 1825 into the very early 1830s.